Giving Project


2019 Giving Project

(Top from left to right) Jennifer Long, Zach Huelsing, Julian Hendrix, Christine Cupaiuolo, Julie Knorowski, Makkah Ali, Lisa Schergen, Andrea Meza, Jane Kimondo, Sheila McAnanly (Middle) Angela Lin, Carolina Gallo, Abbey Hambright, Chandra Palmer, Aaron Johnson, Salpi Apkarian, Daris Jasper, Ola Faleti (Bottom) Margot Babington, Ryn Osbourne, Cassandra Solis, Lizette Garza, Tami Cohen, Emmanuel Garcia (Not pictured: Cory Stevenson)



Crossroads Fund is so excited to announce our 2019 Giving Project cohort - a multi-racial, cross-class, intersectional group of 20 people who have committed to fundraise $100,000 to fund movement work in Chicago. 

Over the course of six months, this cohort will have deep conversations on race and class, make a monetary donation that is significant to them, fundraise their network through a process of "donor organizing," and practice participatory grantmaking supporting strategic, necessary, and underfunded social justice organizing work around the city.

Meet our 2019 Giving Project cohort below! And, if you want to learn more about the Giving Project (or are interested in participating in the future) read more here.


Giving Project Members

Sheila McAnanly: Sheila helps leaders and teams unleash creativity, clarify what’s important, and build momentum towards a desired future—all with the greatest ease possible. She has worked with more than 25 Fortune 100 companies in a broad range of industries as an executive coach, change agent, communicator, and facilitator. Sheila earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and a Master of Science in Organization Development, with a concentration in organizational creativity, from Loyola University Chicago. She is a Certified Integral Coach. For more than two decades, she has practiced meditation, embodied leadership, and authentic movement to help produce deep and lasting change for herself and her clients.

Zach Huelsing: Zach is a Chicago-based architect who has lived in the city for over ten years but is originally from Alabama. He's somewhat Jewish and totally gay. He's excited to learn how to best work alongside other Chicagoans who aim to realize a city that extends opportunity, justice, and dignity to all who live here.

Ola Faleti: Ola is a Nigerian-American raised in Uptown, Chicago. She believes that all Chicago youth deserve access to a quality education. When not working at 826CHI, Ola writes and thinks about the future. She is ELATED to be a part of the 2019 giving cohort.

Ryn Osbourne: Ryn is a midwestern visual artist and arts administrator who recently joined the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago development team. She is passionate about place keeping and cultivating support for cultural projects that strengthen sense of community. She is a cyanotype print maker and lover of the outdoors.

Makkah Ali: Makkah is a philanthropy enthusiast with a decade of experience in nonprofit management and connecting people to the resources they need to more effectively and collaboratively achieve their goals. She currently serves as an Associate Director at the philanthropic advisory firm, Arabella Advisors; president of the board of directors for the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative; and co-host of the Identity Politics Podcast which features new perspectives on race, gender, and Muslim life in America. She holds a bachelor's degree in Peace and Justice Studies from Wellesley College and a master's from George Mason's School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Alice Geglio: Alice is originally from South Bend, Indiana and has lived in Chicago for around seven years. She works on the operations side of nonprofits, and is looking forward to learning more about social justice issues, local organizations, and potential for change. She's on the board of the Chicago Area Peace Corps Association and is a proud member of the Tango 21 Dance Theater.

Cassandra Solis: Cassandra was born and raised on the Southeast side of Chicago. Her passions include activism, labor organizing, and racial justice/anti-racist work. She studied English and Critical Ethnic Studies at Kalamazoo College and proceeded to work in various non-profit areas ranging from communications to labor organizing. Currently, she works in workforce development and fundraising development.

Daris Jasper: Daris is an art director who has a deep fascination with storytelling, sociocultural anthropology, branding, and market research; and has developed throughout his career a unique approach to assisting top executives of arts organizations and cultural institutions with defining and shaping the way they communicate with their audiences. Daris’s commitment to community and the arts has guided him on a path to giving back to youth throughout Chicago while working and supporting leading arts-focused organizations such as the Common Ground Foundation, Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, N’Namdi Contemporary, and the Chicago Park District. Daris serves on the board as co-director of development for Open Architecture-Chicago, a nonprofit that mobilizes architects, designers, and local leaders to create sustainable, innovative, and socially responsive design. Daris is a proud alum of the Latino Policy Forum’s Multicultural Leadership Academy, where he was trained in and encouraged to apply intercultural collaboration and collaborative social action between Latinos and African Americans. Daris returned to college to attain a masters from DePaul University to enhance his expertise and skills.

Margot Babington: Margot is a young professional and recent Middlebury College graduate with a degree in Sociology. She has experience working with donor advised funds, and she is excited to learn more about fundraising through Crossroads Fund.

Carolina Gallo: Carolina Jhoana Gallo Villalobos-Caro for short is an undocumented storyteller, community organizer and teacher from Chicago Lawn. Caro is an alumni of UIC’s Latin American Latino Studies and Urban Studies programs. Currently she is an outreach coordinator at Casa Michoacan an immigrant led organization in Pilsen. She continues to use her experiences and education to connect and empower the communities she works with. A firm believer of the only safe community is an organize drove her to become a part of the Giving Project 2019 Cohort. Now more than ever community work needs to be funded and what better way than by fundraising using community ties. Fun fact about Caro on her spare time she teaches ceramics to youth ages 5-14.

Abbey Hambright: Abbey is a Midwest born and raised designer and maker. She heads up marketing for an arts education non-profit and freelances for grassroots social justice campaigns and organizations. Abbey lives in Pilsen with her partner, first-grader, and two noisy dogs.

Tami Cohen: Tami is Director of Philanthropy at Highland Capital LLC, where she manages the grantmaking strategy for newly created philanthropic fund. She brings to the role a passion for racial and economic justice, and a deep commitment to grassroots organizing, advocacy, and movement building to bring about systemic change. Tami also serves in several volunteer roles including as the co-leader of Resource Generation’s Chicago Chapter and is an active member of JCUA. Tami is thrilled to be back in her hometown and reconnecting with her one true love, pizza.

Aaron Johnson: Aaron was born and raised in the St. Louis area, where he was introduced to social activism. While completing his graduate degree at the University of Missouri, he got involved in grassroots community organizing. This experience greatly changed his life in the way that he approaches systems change work. Prior to moving to Chicago in 2017, he worked in with a variety of racial and economic equity applied policy projects at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Over the past year and a half, he has been working at the Center for Changing Lives where he leads program evaluation and grant reporting.

Lisa Schergen: Lisa is an experienced health educator and trainer with subject matter expertise in queer and trans inclusive service provision and sex education. She serves as the Executive Director of Chicago Women’s Health Center, where she supports staff in making compassionate, collaborative health care and education accessible to communities across Chicago.

Peggy Shinner: Peggy is a writer currently concentrating on essays and a nativeChicagoan. She was one fo the first three staff members, along with Jean Hardisty and Chip Berlet of Midwest Research (now Political Research Association), a social justice think tank.

Salpi Apkarian: Salpi grew up in Chicago and recently moved back to the city after a four-year stint in Armenia, a country whose people and politics they credit for their radicalization and commitment to community-centered social and economic justice. Salpi is excited to join the Crossroads community to move money and resources into organizations that are working for a more just future for all Chicagoans.

Angela Lin: Angela is a baby of Chinese diaspora and globalization who currently works as a community organizer in Chicago’s Chinatown area. They believe that community members most impacted by policies should lead advocacy efforts. She hopes to add to the fight for liberation and love through transmuting money and energy.

Chandra Palmer: Chandra is a non-profit professional with experience in grant-making, grant writing and strategic planning. As a queer person of color, I'm deeply committed to changing the non-profit landscape for LGBTQ+ people of color by creating opportunities for inclusion and equity in the workplace.

Christine Cupaiuolo: Christine has long been interested in social movements and the intersections between politics and culture. She has has covered gender and media for various news publications. A native New Yorker, she enjoys exploring Chicago neighborhoods with her dog.

Cory Stevenson: Cory is a designer, illustrator and Teaching artist that utilizes skills developed at the University of Minnesota to teach, improve communities, and consulting to help others realize their dreams along with his twin brother. He has formerly held multiple positions at the Cook County Law Library and Cory Stevenson has worked as a Graphic Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau as part of the creative team charged with creating and implementing a creative strategy for the 3-state Chicago region. He has taught Visual Art at Legacy Charter School for 3 years and on the West side for another 3 ½ years; and he has taught classes for the past 8 years in Visual Art, Contemporary History and Leadership for High Jump Chicago, a non-profit that prepares minority youth for top independent, parochial and boarding schools around the nation. He was a member of 2nd Cohort of the Multicultural Leadership Academy through the Latino Policy Forum. Cory now consults as one of the founders of Cradle Design; and a board member of Open Architecture Chicago, an organization that mobilizes architects, engineers, designers, creatives and communities to make more accessible and equitable spaces.

Jennifer Long: Jennifer is a biracial, black and white community organizer, with a local and global perspective of movement building committed to racial, social, and economic justice.

Julian Hendrix: Julian is a 21st century import from California; shameless booster of the south side; writer by vocation, tenant organizer by necessity.

Julie Knorowski: Julie is excited to be a part of the Giving Project 2019 community to work towards racial, economic and social justice in Chicago. She joined the project to learn more about grassroots fundraising and how to amplify the systems-level work being done in the city. She received her Master in Social Work from University of Illinois-Chicago with a concentration in Community Health and Urban Development. Her professional background includes youth development, case management, community organizing, research, evaluation and program development. She is interested in intersectional work, criminal justice, mental health and community violence prevention. She is looking forward to pushing herself outside her comfort zone with this community and having meaningful conversations about the various systems that target marginalized communities and how we work towards meaningful change.